Tristan Gebbia and Adrian Martinez, the frontrunners for Nebraska’s quarterback job, will be on the same team Saturday when the Huskers host their 2018 spring game.
Gebbia and Martinez will be on the Red team with UCF transfer Noah Vedral and walk-on Andrew Bunch on the White team. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters said quarterbacks on both teams will split reps evenly during the scrimmage at Memorial Stadium. He added that fans shouldn’t read into how the quarterbacks are split up.
“We have two quarterbacks on each squad so they’ll go 50-50. They’ll all get a lot of action, a lot of work and we’ll evaluate them afterwards,” Walters said. “…We just split them up, no rhyme or reason. They’re all going to get reps. They’re all going to be evaluated and so we had to have two on each and that’s what we did.”
Neither Gebbia (a redshirt freshman), nor Martinez (a true freshman) has taken a collegiate snap, so one player could get some separation in the quarterback race with a strong showing on Saturday. They figure to be at the top of the depth chart after Patrick O’Brien left the program and Vedral waits to hear about an NCAA appeal to play immediately.
“We’re going to put the majority of the guys that are doing well on one side,” Huskers coach Scott Frost said earlier in the week about splitting up the teams. “I want to get some guys some experience of having some success on both sides of the ball, and of course we’ve done that that way before and the other team wins, so I expect great competition.”
As far as the coaching breakdown for Saturday, Ryan Held will be the offensive coordinator on the White team. Walters and tight ends coach Sean Beckton split up play-calling duty for the Red team.